Weird Chance Request

<p>In addition to the usual "can I get into x, y, z schools" could I also get a range of schools I should realistically be aiming for? While most people on this site have their list of schools narrowed down to a few by junior/senior year, I have no idea where I should be applying. I think my grades could only get me into a state school, but my counselors keep telling me to aim higher because of my mediocre test scores. I was depressed throughout high school until the 2nd semester of Junior year. So, my grades until then were horrible and I had even failed a class. (I had to retake geometry; that's why I was a junior in algebra II.) I go to a poor inner-city school; so in terms of class rigor it's either IB Diploma candidate or almost no options. (I had to fight the counselors for my schedule for this year.)</p>

<p>Chance me for Stanford, Northwestern, Washington University, U Chicago, Columbia, U Mich, Berkeley, UCSD, Emory, and NYU. </p>

<p>Race: Hispanic (Woo underrepresented)
Gender: Male (Damn, foiled by patriarchy)</p>

<p>GPA: 3.0 U/W</p>

<p>ACT: 32
Math: 30
English: 34
Reading: 34
Science: 30</p>

<p>SAT II US History: 700
SAT II Biology E: 700</p>

<p>Junior Year Course Load:
IBH English III
IBH American History I
Algebra II
IBH Biology I
American Government / Drawing and Design 2
Chemistry I
Economics I
Debate II </p>

<p>Senior Year (2010-2011) Course Load:
IBH American History II
IBH Biology II
IBH English IV
IBS Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry
IBS Psychology
Debate III</p>

Varsity Debate
JV Tennis
Scholar Bowl</p>

<p>I want to double major in Philosophy and Psychology.</p>

<p>I also plan on taking the SAT and retaking the ACT for a 34+d</p>

<p>With that GPA, I think it's a reach to get into the UC's you listed. I am not too aware of the other schools you listed, though, so you may have a chance at those.</p>

<p>Most likely rejection at WashU, UChicago, and Northwestern.</p>

<p>Thanks. Any ideas as to what kind of schools would be realistic with my stats?</p>

<p>I think UCSB and Cal State Long Beach would be some good matches.. Possibly a SUNY but I don't think NYU due to GPA. Ohio State maybe? Depends on what environment you're looking for and the amount of aid you'll need.</p>

<p>I really don't think Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, UMich, or NYU are good fits, you'd really need to enhance your GPA and your ECs are few and unimpressive. Of course, these are things you can work on senior year (:</p>

<p>@livelovecheer: do you have any idea how much weight upward trends carry?</p>

<p>Stanford = Beyond out of reach
Northwestern = Out of reach
Washington University = Out of reach
U Chicago = Out of reach
Columbia = Out of reach
U Mich = high reach
Berkeley = high reach
UCSD = high reach
Emory = high reach
NYU = reach</p>

<p>I'm not exactly sure how much it would be weighted, it would probably depend on the university. Regardless, I think bringing a 3.0 up to the 3.5-3.7 zone would look impressive (:</p>